• 2022 Mississippi River Delta Institute featuring Waters to the Sea®

    Free for Educators and Face-to-Face!

    Mississippi River Delta Institute - June 13-15, 2022; 8am-4pm

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    At the end of the Mississippi’s long journey to the Gulf of Mexico, America’s greatest river passes through a delta of unparalleled richness and complexity. Teeming with wildlife and ecological variety, a cradle for a fascinating blend of cultural traditions, and one of the most endangered environments on the planet—the Delta is all this and more. 

    Join us Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15, 2022 for the Mississippi River Delta Institute (MRDI)—a free professional development program designed to inspire, educate and prepare 3rd-8th grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based investigations. 

    It will incorporate expert presentations about the Mississippi River Delta environments, rich media resources ready for use with students, and community-building with other educators.

    This workshop is a component of a national initiative to develop a community of water educators. The Rivers Institutes are highly acclaimed professional development workshops developed by CGEE in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information on the Rivers Institutes and CGEE, please visit the Graduate Programs and Professional Development page.

    Activities Include

    • Exploring the Mississippi River and Estuaries by boat, offering unique vantage points of the water;
    • Articulating field investigations through accurate, scientific observation;
    • Creating, utilizing and learning new strategies using science notebooks;
    • Participating in learning activities utilizing multimedia learning tools as well as other classroom resources;
    • Inquiry-based investigations of riverine and marsh habitats, delta geology, coastal engineering, and urban water management;
    • Creating plans to implement science, inquiry, and literacy investigations into the classroom;
    • Strategy sharing for helping students 'think like a scientist,' 'design like an engineer,' and 'write like an author.'


    Workshop Goals

    To increase teachers' knowledge of Mississippi River related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help guide the development of meaningful, engaging investigations for students learning remotely and in the classroom.


    All elementary and middle school formal and informal teachers, as well as teacher teams are welcome to apply. 

    Each Rivers Institute Participant Will Receive

    • 3 full days instruction as well as lunch provided each day;

    • "Bonus" day (June 16) offered for further exploration of field locations;

    • 18 Continuing Education Credits; 

    • The Waters to the Sea® multimedia tool and additional resources for your classroom; and

    • The option to purchase two graduate-level credits at a reduced rate from Hamline University.

    Stipends for St. Bernard Parish educators

    A limited number of $150 stipends are available to teachers attending from St. Bernard Parish. Up to $700 of additional financial support for related school supplies and field trips is available for a limited number of St. Bernard Parish teachers who implement the program in the classroom. 

    The 2022 Mississippi River Delta Institute is funded through the generous financial assistance of the Meraux Foundation. With their ongoing support CGEE enables hundreds of teachers to improve the way they understand and teach science, and help thousands of students connect with the natural world.

    Waters to the Sea®

    Rivers Institute participants will receive and explore a suite of multimedia learning modules designed to help students in grades 3-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations. Check out Waters to the Sea® New interactive multimedia learning materials about the Delta’s natural and cultural history are being made available for this institute through the Headwaters to the Delta Initiative.

    The Mississippi River Delta Institute and new interactive multimedia learning materials about the Delta’s natural and cultural history are made possible by significant funding from the Meraux Foundation and the Brown Foundation, and created in collaboration with the National Park Service, University of New Orleans and Fletcher Technical Community College. Thank you to all of our partners. 

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    Learn about the other Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education.